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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Brent.

There is so much bitching here about Brent`s tunes. I admit that We Can Run or Tons of Steel ain`t exactly GD at their best... But what a GREAT singer he was. Listening to him adlib on disc 4, track 1 Feel Like a Stranger of Formerly the Warlocks gave me goosebumps all over. WOW Brent! Good work.

Kind regards from the North.

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn`t Jerry once say that of him, Bob, and Brent - Brent was the only natural singer?

I don`t remember where I read this... But I am certain Jerry said something like that.

Of course, I like the vocals of Jerry, Bob and Phil more than I like Brent`s, but he is still able to give me the goosebumps at times:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-10-09.sbd.miller.32902.sbeok.flac16'
(check out his ad-libbing on the insane opener Feel Like a Stranger).

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jun 13, 2011 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Can't believe nobody has been talking about the improvised Brent "love raps" at the end of Blow Away. I don't like the early 80s originals, but I think Brent's passion in the "You think your ribcage is a jailcell, let love in!" section is really powerful. I think these are really forceful and intense and moving.

Do people not like them because it's just too raw? To me it's an example of a really unique aspect of music and performance, the way sometimes a performer can be more emotionally naked on stage than we ever permit ourselves to be in daily life.

I never got to see Brent. He died right around when I was first becoming aware of the band as a teenager. I play piano, and he has always been a big inspiration, especially his 89-90 playing, where he and Jerry really seem to have an almost telepathic connection.

The "Downhill from Here" Alpine Valley 89 video captures a lot of the stage interplay between them.

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 13, 2011 2:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I guess I'm the "stereotypical Deadhead" in that I'm very accepting of people and have very few bad things to say about them. But beyond that I loved Brent. I loved his Hammond organ sound (I thought that sound brought the Dead back to life after Keith) I loved his songs too. I admit some of his songs weren't typical "Dead" style, but did the Dead actually have a style? Weren't they a little bit of everything?

I loved the way he played, throwing himself body and soul into his keyboards. I loved the way he and Jerry interacted. And I loved that his songs came from the depths of his tortured soul.

I've always found it extremely sad that he never felt he totally fit into the band. That's such a shame because he added so much. I remember my first concert after Brent died at the Meadowlands, NJ, and I heard Vince play for the first time. I was just so sad, it just wasn't the same without Brent. I missed his REAL B3 sound, as opposed to Vince's synth sounds.

Oh well, I guess to each his own.

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hear hear! : )

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jun 13, 2011 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I agree with the brent supporters. IMO he was easily the best keyboardist the band ever had. HANDS DOWN. I love tom, pig and keith (yea bruce and vince were alright) but none of them added to ANY song like brent adds to a song. The dead in the 80s would've been far worse without his playing. I'd like to be able to drop out his keys just to see how less magical the songs would be without him.

I feel people about his songs, i dont really dig them either. But his keywork is just top notch and exactly what the dead was about. Take a melody and make something awesome from it. I understand the brent haters, but IMO early dead (71 and before) is a bit limited in style and is quite different from 76 and on. So if you're a 68 nut, i get why you dont like the 80s, they are worlds apart.

Must I mention that I prefer the early years as well?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

These are primo vintage's, '72-'74.
And I like Brent. Saw him a ton and still like listening to his era. Not much of the last half can outpace the first half though.

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Jun 14, 2011 7:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Of course comparing Brent's years with the band as compared to Keith's is a little unfair, as the Dead were (IMHO) such a superior band in the 70's. Nonetheless Keith gets my vote an it ain't even close.

Keith never "gelled" with the band? Seriously??

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

WhaaaAAAT? Keith didn't add to songs? 72-74?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-10-29.sbd.miller.32352.sbeok.flac16

I'm often struck by how prominent he is in the early years -- a leader in jams, high in the mix, tossing out his own ideas that the guys follow -- given how easy it can be to think of him only as he was after his sad, unbelievably sudden decline into near invisibility.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jun 14, 2011 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

well the way i listen to the dead is by constantly switching who i am hearing. Jerrys rockin, phil tossed in a lick, hey nice sound bobby etc. That being said i think Brent has a lot more of those moments than keith does. But if i had to pick a few years to listen to, They would likely be just Keith years.

And yes i love how nutty we all are. There is a reason for this obsession we have...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 14, 2011 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

For me, Keith Dead was the Dead at the mature height of their powers (but damn how I loved them in their wild and carefree youth) and thereafter they were in their complacent middle age marked by the Mydland era and the decline into dotage illuminated by the second childhood flash of the all too brief Hornsby adventure.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Overall i think people would agree with you that Brent's singing was fine. Some people complain that he sounds a bit too much like Michael McDonald, however he did a great job filling the void of a third voice that was lost with Pig. Donna's ability to add in backing vocals was limited to a few songs where she was really good (TMNS, LLR and Bertha come to mind immediately).

However there is a big difference between Brent's singing and Brent's songs. I can listen to Brent sing, i can't listen to his sappy songs. Blow Away? We Can Run? Yikes.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDojwQ8cJC4

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Actually I don`t mind the Michael McDonald comparisons... Since I`m a big fan of Steely Dan : )

But what`s Brent`s greatest tune? Well I wonder. Just a little light me thinks. Jazzy and not to cheesy lyrics.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

"Greatest" might be setting the bar too high.

In my opinion his best origials are Tons of Steel, Blow Away and Just a Little Light.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 14, 2011 12:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I actually like Michael McDonald. They should have had the Silver Fox join the band instead of Brent or Vince. Though I think his smooth grooves might have been too much for the band to even handle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTI8vg7A5U

Brent was prone to the same affliction Warren Haynes is often guilty of. That tendency to sing like a cross between Michael Bolton and the guy from Whitesnake.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

One of my favorite M. McDonald "opinions":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqMTkJjeqbI

As for me, I like, not love Brent's vocals. He earns my respect primarily for his Hammond B3 work. Like Keith stuck almost exclusively to the piano (except for the weak forays with a Moog), Brent should have stuck with the dual Leslies. As I've said before, too often his electric keyboard sound reminded me of a circus grinder and his hopped up monkey begging for change. But change came too late.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hmmm. We may be in the same cabin in WT's summer camp.

Norway, I think this is partly the crux of it. I enjoy 80s GD and appreciate what Brent brought to the band. Or rather, "came to appreciate." But one thing to kind of understand, though, is that some of us got "on the bus" pre-Brent (or were more impacted by that era's sound), and the GD had a particular sound that definitely didn't include those tinkly little fake plastic key sounds (ooops, going into Brent Bash Mode there!) or, frankly, super-smooth Doobie-ish vocals.

So Brent ... well, it really was true that he didn't have the most enthusiastic reception, and I kinda feel bad about that, but I did feel that way and to some extent it's stuck, in part because that's just how my ears work. I don't like artifice. The GD isn't ... artifice. Brent seemed to be a bit, well, pop. Which means ... artifice.

Where he did definitely win me over was the organ and his backup vocals. As long as he stayed in a backup role, I really came to appreciate him. And I do understand that he was energizing for the band, and respect their self-reporting on that. So that holds some weight. But his singing, when he takes the lead, either grates on me or sucks me in -- but in a non-GD way. Like, "now it's a break and it's some other band."

His songs, though ... sorry, they're just terrible. They're not GD and they're not what I like. I dunno, maybe they could have been Top 40 Radio or something. But I don't care for Top 40. I'll take a full day's diet of Sunrise over a single Brent song any day.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hello Mudda, hello Fadda...

WT's summer camp has been cancelled pending the outcome of a federal investigation into allegations of camper intimidation by counselors. Apparently on at least one occasion young campers who were caught with a copy of a post-77 show and made to stand in the rain repeating "I renounce the Brent era and flagrant use of talent-sapping opiods that rendered music flat and soul-less to the point where any sub-bridge inhabiting fat man with a Twinkie fetish and a guitar could substitute" over and over.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-06-13 17:08:09

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I am just glad to find out that the plan WAS for us geezers to run this little camp. And yes, if it weren't for the fact that there have been some serious screwups with overzealous "camper discipline" in the real world, I'd probably continue with this lame attempt at humor...but we don't want any lawsuits from Brent's estate, or to upset anyone that lost a loved one at William Tell's Summer Camp and Archery Range.

Come to think of it, we never lost anyone with a copy of TFTVault in their knapsack, so there may be sufficient grounds...better stop now.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 14, 2011 5:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

"I am just glad to find out that the plan WAS for us geezers to run this little camp."

We're just letting you *think* you run it :)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

"Lame attempt"?

This stuff is gold.

And yes, old hippies with bows and arrows is not a situation where you could easily find adequate insurance coverage.

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Oh... I shouldn`t have started this.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hey don't worry - it gives the old folks something to do!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 14, 2011 5:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Nah ... it goes on all the time here.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Dang, that's a shame. I was looking forward to some twinkie raids on the Nothing Before '84 cabin.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Jun 14, 2011 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I don't think anyone can improve on your (Althea Rose's) observations that when Brent takes the lead vocal "it's some other band"; and that his songs were "... terrible. They're not GD...". It's as if the spell is broken, every time.

However there's sometimes lots to like in his keyboard work. I even like the stuff that has been described by someone as "bug-squishing sounds". I'm thinking of Dick's Pick v13 from 1981-05-06, that amazing sequence from He's Gone outro > Caution > Spanish Jam; and the other Dick's Pick, v6 from 1983-10-14, where Brent plays a big part in the whole of CD Two (Scarlet > Fire; Estimated > Eyes).

Good audience recordings for each show, as well:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-06.glassberg.vernon.17697.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-14.senn421.wise.miller.103233.flac16

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

ok - one vote here for the anti-Brent camp. Can't stand his singing at all. For me, it's got to be Phil on high harmonies to achieve that full tilt sonic joy and, yes you got it, that means the Early Era.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Sign me up; is there a "summer fun camp" where we get to do "this" (bash Brent, praise Phil--oh, yeah, it's right here)? I "quit" during the Brent Era, so I guess it goes without saying.

But I just did--and before everyone writes in, let me say it wasn't just because of him, and yes, I will try to cut down on the superfluous quotation marks...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hah! I could feel you standing behind my shoulder when I wrote that. Two old school farts together, eh?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2011 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Better get this in here before SDH...ahem, well, in any case, hope things are starting off well for a Monday (or should I say, wrapping up).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

SDH? You mean the spontaneous daily homoeroticism?

He'll be here.

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

And I thought that stood for the 'Shelves, Doors, and Hatstands' that are strewn around his workplace on a daily basis.

And to add to WT's 'voice and songs' I'm afraid I never really took to the tinkly keyboard sound. I'd almost forgotten it, but it surfaced again as I was listening to 'Jack Straws' the other day.

BTW Rob, have you heard Eliza Carthy's latest ? Saw her last week, and bought it immediately.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hey snori - haven't heard Eliza Carthy's latest, in fact I haven't really kept in touch with what she's been doing since Red/Rice, but I trust your good judgement and will check it out!

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Sorry to ask guys... But does this mean that you for example misses out on a great year like 89???????

I mean, my favourite years are 69, 72-74, 77 and 80. But that does not mean I miss out on the magic in 89 and 91.

Kind regards from Norway.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Speaking for myself, and I think Rob, yes, it does indeed come down to that...for me, it was a number of things that influenced my departure in 82 (from seeing them live), and metamorphosis into an early era fanatic (arriving here at the Forum in 06 or so), and I'd put it more on Jerry's decline than the revolving keybd players...but, just never took to Brent's voice, nor his lyrics.

And yes, I know that means I missed BD#2's famed 82-84 mini-era, but there's still plenty to love.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

"but, just never took to Brent's voice, nor his lyrics" . . . the voice, the awful lyrics and that eternally annoying cheesy electric keyboard sound. When we first saw Brent, he stuck mostly with the B3 and sang only backup. By '82, I too had had enough of that awful combo of Brent's cheesy tinklings, vocals and lyrics along with that "new" sharp, loud, wanky guitar sound that Bob had started working up around the Egypt '78 dates. I used to blame my distaste with the 80's sound mostly on Brent, but Bob's new louder, cheesier (sorry for the repeated dairy product reference - I mostly saw the band in Wisconsin at Alpine Valley throughout the '80's) guitar sound was becoming annoying and a distraction - not to mention his new found 'rock and roll screamer' voice. Also, having more access to more of the early era recordings made the comparisons even more strident and painful. Ch-ch-ch-ch changes . . .

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

LOL! What a fun summer camp. I can do that. Only I'll have to go to the cabin where we also do Obligatory Nice Brent Praising in between the main fun. (Not his electronic keyboards or his songs, though. The cabin for that is in a whole other camp. We'll see them only for tug-o-wars. And we'll win, of course.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Sorry, and I mean really sorry, but all I can think of is the "panty raids" component...but since those will be far more abundant than you might think, what with Dire and SDH's tastes in undergarments, you and RingL-O can rest easy.

Am I going to get in big trouble for this?

But, this whole summer camp thing has real appeal: there can be a "68 Cabin" and we will simply trash the crap out of the "90s Cabin" because...well because...hmmm, now I am not sure we'll actually be leaving our cabin. Or perhaps finding our way back when we step out for a...a...pee.

Is this camp anywhere near Bohem. Grove?

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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Those are my fav brent tunes haha :(

I love his voice.

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 16, 2011 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I've been reading with such a sad heart at all the negativity aimed at Brent. You know it's one thing if you don't like his singing or his songs, but it's another thing completely to make such hateful remarks about the man (whether he was still living or not)

Maybe I'm just an idealistic over-the-hill old hippie, but I thought the whole "Dead Scene" was one of acceptance and tolerance, and (dare I say it) peace and love.

But from reading the comments here, people act like Brent was like the Yoko Ono of the Grateful Dead (screeching included). People here seem actually gleeful of putting down Brent. What's that all about anyway?!?!?!

So you don't like Brent, can't you at least please respect the opinions and feelings of those of us that DO?


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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 16, 2011 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hey, I like Yoko and respect her as an artist (particularly her key role in the Fluxus movement). Good enough for John, good enough for me.

I Don't Need Love still sucks - and I'm glad I shouted that out at Hampton. Peace and love - does that mean you bury your head in the sand and pretend shit doesn't stink when it does?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 16, 2011 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

lee - I just re-read the entire thread above, and for the life of me, don't understand your post. Sure, there are a few "negative" posts, and maybe a couple snarky ones, but what I read above constitutes an outpouring of admiration for his contributions, at least for this group.

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 16, 2011 1:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

"lee - I just re-read the entire thread above, and for the life of me, don't understand your post. Sure, there are a few "negative" posts, and maybe a couple snarky ones, but what I read above constitutes an outpouring of admiration for his contributions, at least for this group."
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Maybe the majority of the comments were partially positive (in some way), but there's no doubt that there is a lot of people that have a real piss-poor attitude about Brent. See next quote.
Is this what you mean by snarky comments? I call it downright rude, immature, and totally lacking any respect, to both Brent and his fans.
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"I Don't Need Love still sucks - and I'm glad I shouted that out at Hampton. Peace and love - does that mean you bury your head in the sand and pretend shit doesn't stink when it does?"
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'I Don't Need Love' happens to be one of my favorites. Your opinion that it is "shit". That's fine, but my whole point is that people act like their opinions on Brent sucking are the only opinions that matter. Again, what is with all the hostility about Brent? When did it become fashionable to put him down with such enthusiasm?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 16, 2011 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

You know that old saying? - One man's meat is another man's poison.

If you read through the posts here over time, you'll find some Bob-bashing, complaints about Keith, some can't stand Pig, Donna is in line for special vitriol, and heaven forbid - even God himself (Jerry) will get criticism. It's sort of like the special way a family shows its love - the more you know about your loved ones, the more you can find to pick at and argue about.

We're just as dysfunctional as our favorite band. Enjoy the ride.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 16, 2011 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

and some people even think Billy didn't add much, which I can't fathom, and that Phil should never sing (lots of evidence to support that).

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 17, 2011 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Okay, well I guess I'll try and not let it get to me. Some of us Brent fans are pretty sensitive you know.

But it always reminds me of the time I took a friend of mine to his first Dead show in the mid 80's. (I had subjected him to countless hours of Dead music prior to this, so he knew a lot of the songs), but to my surprise the ONE song that really turned him around and created a full blown Deadhead was "Don't Need Love". No one was more surprised than me. It was not a great version of the song and from where we were sitting, we could barely hear it. But for him it was the start of a very long, strange trip.

Now if you want to start on (what my wife and I call) Bobby's Mexican Hat Dance music, I'm right with you on that one.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 16, 2011 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hey, 90+% of the shows I saw were Brent and I think he added some things, particularly early on and at the end, but my opinion is of the song, which I think totally fuckin' sucks (just like I think Day Job totally fuckin's sucks, NOT OF THE MAN. At times Brent was freakin' great; at other times, I could really do without the synthy, tinkly, annoying sounds. That said, I'm not thrilled by latter era junkie keith (or particularly froggy, junkie Jerry). All you need is love - until you have to pay the rent.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

His tunes are 50/50 with me but his background vocals are great. I think voice really helped the band as Jerry's voice got worse from smoking ect.

Always loved Brent's contributions on Bertha when he'd joining in on "throw me in the jail house"

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 13, 2011 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

I guess I am also 50/50 with Brent, he was a talented musician but I just thought he never really jelled with the band like Keith did. I do like him as a backup singer and not as lead. The only song i would listen to is Blow Away, the rest is just ok. I am not a huge fan of anything dead after 82 anyway. There are some good shows with Brent but nothing like pre-82. There is so much to explore here pre-82, that I find myself with just a handful of post 82 shows. I am not a Brent basher just not a huge fan with him but I can also make the same claim of not being to overly excited about shows with Bruce and Vince too! Sign me up for Mr. Tell's 68-72 cabin! Hahahahaha!

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jun 13, 2011 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

i love 68-72 as well. But i still think that Keith didn't "jell" like brent did with the band. Maybe brent was more stand out with his sound but he could fuckin work them keys, and i would say eons better than keith. Keith does a few nice things here and there but never really seems to add to or explore the melody like brent could. I love keith's sound and dont get me started on 72, BUT i think brent and keith are worlds apart.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 13, 2011 4:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Hey wis - you may be right about what you are saying, I just like what Keith and the band did much better than what I like Brent and the band did. I am not taking anything away from Brent, I do think was a great musician, but for me personally the period with Keith was better, 79 on the band does start to go into decline, not a huge decline but every year there seemed to be more and more so so or just bad shows. That is not Brent's fault, combination of many factors on that but it just happened while he was at the helm of the keys. I feel the same about Bruce, great musician but by the time he got there the band was much different, but i do like the fact we can discuss these things!!!!!! What other band has this much discussion about it?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 13, 2011 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Overall in what Brent brought to the band, I felt he was a game changer. If the band was sloppy or sluggish Brent could really fix that quickly and get them going. Hornsby the same way

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Who's Brent?

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Poster: deadheadnorway Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent.

Brent?

He is singing backing vocals on this track, ehem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz8AJh7_mKc